Make us your home page

2017 Hurricane preparedness guide

Evacuation maps, shelter locations

If a storm comes, you'll need to know how to get out of town or go to a shelter. Know your county's evacuation routes. Might there be a low-lying area between you and a major route? Study up in advance and have a backup plan. (Note: Some of the maps take a while to load, and it's recommended that you have an updated version of Adobe Flash to display them.)


Surviving the storm

Before a storm threatens Tampa Bay, you'll want to be prepared. If a storm strikes, you'll want to get out of town, or to a shelter. And after the storm, you'll want to survive. Find out how inside the hurricane guide published in print editions of the Tampa Bay Times.

  1. A weakening Cindy heads inland, spreading rain far and wide (w/video)


    NEW ORLEANS — Tropical Depression Cindy crept northward across Louisiana toward Arkansas after churning ashore as a tropical storm early Thursday, weakening steadily but still spreading heavy rain …

    Tricia Hayes records images of unusually large waves created by Tropical Storm Cindy on Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center to raise its readiness level. He also activated four Texas Task Force 1 boat squads and two Texas Military Department vehicles squads of five vehicles each to respond to any weather-related emergencies. [Guiseppe Barranco | The Beaumont Enterprise via AP]
  2. Official: Missouri boy fatally struck by log in Tropical Storm Cindy surge


    NEW ORLEANS — A sheriff's captain says a 10-year-old from Missouri boy has died on the Alabama coast after being fatally struck by a log washed in by storm surge from Tropical Storm Cindy.

    People sit in a car and watch the waves on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain as weather from Tropical Storm Cindy, in the Gulf of Mexico, impacts the region in New Orleans, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. [Associated Press]
  3. Tropical Storm Cindy forms in Gulf of Mexico, tracks toward Louisiana


    Tropical Storm Bret may have fizzled into a tropical wave, but all eyes shifted to Tropical Storm Cindy, which formed Tuesday and threatens the coasts of Louisiana and Texas with downpours that could cause flash flooding.

    Tropical Storm Cindy formed in the Gulf of Mexico on June 20, 2017, and warnings have been issued for parts of Louisiana and Texas. [National Hurricane Center]
  4. Forecasters: Two brewing tropical systems should bring heavy rains to Tampa Bay


    The National Hurricane Center is tracking a system approaching the Gulf of Mexico on June 19, 2017, that is forecast to produce increased moisture and rain across the Tampa Bay area. [National Weather Service]
  5. Hurricane season starts with Trump appointees missing at FEMA and NOAA, the agencies that deal with hurricanes


    The 2017 hurricane season started Thursday with no Trump Administration appointees running the two federal agencies most involved in dealing with …

    President Donald Trump speaks before bill signings in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House on Friday. Hurricane season has just started, but the two federal agencies most involved in dealing with hurricanes - Federal Emergency Management Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - are still waiting for political appointees to take over. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  6. Hurricane season begins: Colorado State's latest forecast rises as El Niño wanes


    After first forecasting a below-average hurricane season, researchers at Colorado State University have upped their seasonal outlook and now predict a more active season.

    This 2011 satellite image shows Hurricane Irene brushing the coast of Florida. Colorado State University researchers have upped their seasonal outlook and now predict a more active storm season in 2017. [NOAA via AP]
  7. Pinellas and Pasco offer new tools to get residents ready for hurricane season


    Hurricane season officially starts Thursday and this year there are new tools for Tampa Bay residents to use if a storm threatens the region.

    Ready Pinellas is the new hurricane preparedeness app for Pinellas County residents available for iPhones and Android phones. [Courtesy of Pinellas County]
  8. A tax-free weekend begins Friday to purchase hurricane supplies


    With the start of Florida's hurricane season on Thursday, residents can get prepared by purchasing hurricane supplies tax-free this weekend.

    A tax-free weekend to buy hurricane supplies begins Friday.  [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  9. New hurricane forecast predicts an above-average 2017 storm season


    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an above-average Atlantic storm season this year, both in the number and the strength of those storms.

    This is a satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) taken Oct. 3, 2016 as Hurricane Matthew and its 145-mph winds was about 220 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. NOAA on Thursday released a forecast predicting an above-average hurricane season in 2017, which conflicts with an earlier Colorado State University forecast that calls for a below-average season. (NOAA via AP)
  10. Researchers find new way to measure hurricanes: 'gravity waves'


    MIAMI — Hurricane forecasters may have a new tool in solving the vexing problem of understanding storm intensity: gravity waves.

    In 2011, Hurricane Irene brushed the coast of Florida. University of Miami atmospheric scientists have for the first time measured gravity waves inside hurricanes, which could provide a new way to monitor the intensity of powerful storms. [NOAA via AP]
  11. 2017 Hurricane Season: Pet owners must come up with a plan for their animals before the storm strikes


    When it's storming outside, your cats and dogs will (likely) be hiding under the bed instead of preparing themselves for an evacuation.

    When it's storming outside, your cats and dogs will (likely) be hiding under the bed instead of preparing themselves for an evacuation.

  12. Names for the 2017 Atlantic tropical storms


    What's in a name?

    Here are the storm names for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season: